Last-minute Halloween Decorations

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In the truest spirit of Halloween, let’s scare some trick-or-treaters with this pin that proposes a DIY Halloween decoration.

One of the most fun nights of the year is mere hours away, but you were so consumed with picking THE PERFECT combination of chocolate to chewy, sweet, fruity candy to give out to the trick-or-treaters that you totally forgot to decorate your front yard! Well, don’t despair, 2girlsandapin are here to help!

We found this simple pin that proposes an AWESOME scary Halloween decoration using toilet paper rolls, glow sticks and some kind of cutting utensil (we assume). No, this is not the beginning of a Macgyver episode…but a great DIY decoration idea!

So, lets begin!

Like we already mentioned, this pin just comes with 3 pictures and very basic directions. Furthermore, the link from the pin leads to a list of some other great Halloween ideas, but no trace of the origin of this pin. So we took some creative liberties, inevitably made stupid mistakes, and somehow made it work in the end…so bare with us here.

NOTE: If you know where this pin originally comes from, please let us know because we want to give credit where credit is due.

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Step 1: If you don’t have any toilet paper rolls, you can always grab some rolls that come inside large paper towels.
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Step 2: And cut them in half! Voila…now you have 4 toilet paper rolls from 2 paper towel rolls….math! It’s awesome.
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Step 3: If you feel like reliving your pumpkin-carving moments, draw up the design you want to cut up.
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You can always freestyle, but then you won’t have all these cool, scary looking eyes.
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Step 4: As your eyes are staring creepily, get ready to cut the holes out.
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Step 5: CAREFULLY, start cutting up a section using an X-Acto Knife.
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Step 6: At this point, because we’re working on a flimsy paper roll, you may proceed with the knife…..
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Step 7: Or just switch to scissors!
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Step 8: One eye done!
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And the first set of creepy eyes is done!
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This was my favorite design out of all…so I decided to give it a shot with the scissors/knife combo.
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Unfortunately, it ended up a little wonky!
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Step 9: So, I decided to try a different method. Cut across the roll.
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Batman? Is that you?

As you can see…in this instance I had to cut outside the lines because of how I made the cut.

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Step 10: Once your design is ready, tape the roll back up.
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As you can see, my Franken-allignment was a little off on this one.
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Step 11: Now that we have it nice and aligned, we are ready to rock n roll!
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Because of the size of the bush outside my front door, I decided to stick with 4 rolls. And these are my 4 contestants.
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Contestants, meet the glow sticks.
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at tGlow sticks come with instructions, too!

At this point, you’re supposed to wait till nighttime and fill your carved up toilet paper rolls with crazy glow sticks!

NOTE: Now, this is where this pin went wrong for me.

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Step 12: And this is why…

In addition to noting the evident lack of daytime light, because this post didn’t really come with any instructions, I ended up using the glow sticks I had on hand (no, it is not totally weird that I have glow sticks readily available). With some hindsight, I should have probably realized that glow stick bracelets would not have cut it, but this was a make-it-work moment, so we are going to make it work!

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Step 13: In another completely misleading lack of detailed step-by-step instructions from the original pin, I realized there had to be a way to keep the glow sticks in place. Enter tape!

I apologize in advance for the horrendous quality of the images to follow….

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Step 14: If the glow sticks will not come to Muham….I mean, just use what you have.
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And voila, glow stick make it work moment 1!
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Step 15: As you can see, because of the length of the glow sticks I used, my bat eyes also had eyelashes.
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Na na na na na na na na batcaaaaaaaaan.
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From a distance it didn’t look THAT bad, but something had to be done!
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All cropped up, it still looks pretty cool, don’t you think?
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Step 16: Back to the bat cave we go. I used a leftover toilet paper roll and cut it in half.
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Step 17: Then, in the spirit of Halloween, I performed some Frankenstein surgery.
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Step 18: Except, our Frankenstein is held together by more tape as opposed to bolts and needles.
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Frank is complete!

Technically, yes…I know I could have just kept the long tubes from the paper towels I cut, but hindsight was not 20-20 in this case…so now you can learn from my mistakes.

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At this point, it got very dark over where I live…but you can kind of get the idea.
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It kind of works, right?
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Right?
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So, is this last-minute DIY Halloween decoration a total bust?
Review

I think no. Did it suck not having actual instructions on how to do this? Absolutely! Did we make it work? Absolutely! Right?

So, to recap:

1. You can use toilet paper rolls or just the long tubes from paper towels
2. You can cut the decorations with an X-Acto Knife or scissors
3. You definitely SHOULD attempt to look for thicker glow sticks
4. And if you opt for Frankenstein-ing it (which, let’s be honest is the truest spirit of Halloween), pack those little glow sticks in, use a lot of tape to keep them in place, and make sure you cover up any excess glow stick-ness with more roll.

What is your favorite part of Halloween? Other than the candy, obviously… 😛

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